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Public Sector Opportunities
POSITION: Assistant Vector Ecologist, Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District
DESCRIPTION: Under direction (Assistant Vector Ecologist) or direction (Vector Ecologist), performs professional biological, ornithological, mammalogical, and entomological work related to the surveillance and control of vertebrate and invertebrate vectors which impact public health; plans, organizes and administers assigned vector control and related disease detection/management programs; serves as a technical advisor to District staff and the public in assigned program areas; designs, participates in and monitors research projects; and performs related work as required. Position located in Garden Grove, California.
QUALIFICATIONS: Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in entomology, zoology, biologist or a related field. Two (2) years of experience in vector ecology in a Vector Control (or similar) Agency.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Review of applications beings August 4, 2021. Apply through the District website.
POSITION: Senior Epidemiologist, CDC Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, Arctic Investigations Program
DESCRIPTION: The CDC Arctic Investigations Program is recruiting a senior epidemiologist (MD, DO, DVM, PhD) for the Epidemiology Team in Anchorage, Alaska. This solicitation is for civil service personnel in job series 601 or 602 at grades 13, or Commissioned Corps Officers at the O-4, O-5, or O-6 levels. The Arctic Investigations Program’s mission is to prevent morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases in the Arctic and sub-Arctic, with special focus on diseases of high incidence and concern among indigenous peoples.
QUALIFICATIONS: MD, DO, DVM, PhD or equivalent degree. Extensive experience in epidemiologic and public health research, and working collaboratively with state and local health departments, or tribal health organizations. Experience developing research protocols and obtaining human subjects review and approval. Ability to perform case investigations, review medical records, and synthesize clinical and laboratory data.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: For information, please contact: Marc Fischer at email@example.com or 907-729-3427. To apply, send a statement of interest and current curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org.
POSITION: Research Entomologist, USDA Agriculture Research Service
DESCRIPTION: This position is located within United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Northeast Area, Emerging Pests and Pathogens Research, in Ithaca, NY. Incumbent is responsible for research on the biology and integrated management of insect pests and insect-vectored diseases. Research will focus on host-pathogen interactions between insects and a variety of agents, and use of the information to develop novel, bio-intensive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) systems.
QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in Entomology; or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 16 semester hours in entomology.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply by August 2, 2021 through USAJobs control number 606516000.
POSITION: Assistant Entomologist, Beach Mosquito Control District
DESCRIPTION: The Entomology Assistant assists with all aspects of arthropod vector surveillance and reports data. Determines efficacy and efficiency of insecticides. Applies pesticides, as needed, for mosquito control activities utilizing available application techniques/equipment. Work is performed under the supervision of the Entomologist and the Director.
QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor of Science degree in entomology, biology, botany, marine science, wildlife management, zoology, or another related field.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply through Beach Mosquito Control District website or AMCA Job ID: 57564242
POSITION: Lab Manager, Prokopec Lab, Emory University
DESCRIPTION: The Vazquez-Prokopec Lab at Emory University seek an outstanding and highly motivated individual to join us as a lab manager. The Lab manager will be responsible for performing and managing research activities focusing on the ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases. Activities are a mix of field, laboratory and computer work. Primary responsibilities include direction of daily lab operations, mosquito colony maintenance, and field work to collect mosquitoes and ticks.
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications include bachelor or master degree in biology/entomology or public health.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: The start date is negotiable, with a target of September 1, 2021.
POSITION: Research Associate, SUNY Upstate Medical University
DESCRIPTION: The Thangamani Lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University is seeking an organized, detail-oriented, and motivated individual to investigate the emergence of ticks and tick-borne diseases in New York through their Citizen Science Program (Upstate Tick Testing Program).
QUALIFICATIONS: Individual with demonstrated experience in tick surveillance and pathogen testing is preferred. Minimum qualification is a Bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences or a related field.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: For additional information or informal discussion, please reach out to email@example.com.
POSITION: Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation, Center for Environmental Health & Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University
DESCRIPTION: SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), in collaboration with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), seeks two internationally recognized experts in vector-borne diseases and infectious disease ecology, broadly defined, to apply for an Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation position (Commensurate of the experience of the Empire Innovation Program (EIP) faculty per decision of campus leadership) as part of the New York State Empire Innovation Scholar Program. The program and position aims to expand the ranks of world-class faculty within the SUNY system. EIP positions are highly prized and very competitive; as such, EIP faculty enjoy special distinction within the SUNY system and are largely free of teaching responsibilities in order to accelerate their research.
QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate should have an established research program focused on the complex relationship between the environment and human health, currently funded through competitive extramural sources that are R01 or R01-equivalent.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of research interests to firstname.lastname@example.org. References will be requested if you are selected as a finalist. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Postdoctoral / Fellowships
POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Population Genetics and Genomics
DESCRIPTION: The Program in Public Health at the University of California-Irvine seeks a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate to study population genetics and genomics of malaria parasites or mosquito vectors in the laboratory of Dr. Guiyun Yan. Areas of particular interests include population genetics and genomics, bioinformatics, and genomic epidemiology. This is a multi-year funded position, contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of project funding.
QUALIFICATIONS: The candidates must hold a Ph.D. and possess an outstanding publication record. Candidates should have a strong background in one of the following areas: population genetics, genomics, molecular evolution, and bioinformatics. Prior research experience on mosquitoes or parasites is highly desired, but not required.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Interested applicant should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of past accomplishment and contact information of at least 3 references by email to: email@example.com.
POSITION: ORISE Postdoctoral Research, Vector Biology, USDA-ARS
DESCRIPTION: Throughout the course of this appointment, the selected participant will conduct research within the mosquito research program and will participate in collaborative research to discover new environmentally-friendly biopesticides for mosquito control. The appointment will include designing and conducting field and laboratory experiments, data management, and preparation of scientific manuscripts for submission to peer reviewed journals.
QUALIFICATIONS: The qualified candidate must have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Preferred skills: experience working with mosquitoes, experience in various molecular biology skills such as DNA/RNA isolation, polymerase chain reaction, preparation of DNA/RNA libraries, and sequencing.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applications due August 19, 2021 through Zintellect reference code USDA-ARS-2021-0168.
POSITION: ORISE Vector Biology Fellow, U.S. Air Force
DESCRIPTION: This one-year ORISE fellowship will conduct a tick threat assessment at U.S. air bases. The fellow will investigate tick species presence, distribution and density at up to 8 Air Force Bases (TBD) in the United States. Activities will include: environmental surveillance, mammal and bird sampling, laboratory methods for pathogen detection, among others.
QUALIFICATIONS: Qualifications include a master degree in Vector Biology, Entomology, Medical or Veterinary Entomology, or a related field, OR a combination of education and experience that prepares the applicant for the opportunity.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply through Zintellect position reference code AFSAM-2021-0001R.
POSITION: Lyme Disease Innovation Fellowship
DESCRIPTION: The Department of Health and Human Services is leading a series of prize challenges, workshops, and research projects aimed at advancing new diagnostic technologies for Lyme disease and building capabilities for applying these approaches to other tick- and vector-borne disease. Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will provide scientific and technical support in Lyme disease and other vector-borne disease research while being exposed to scientific public-private partnership development and strategy, federal interagency health strategy development, and application of novel Open Innovation approaches to addressing health challenges in government, among others.
QUALIFICATIONS: The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applications due August 19, 2021 through Zintellect reference code HHS-OASH-2021-0219.
POSITION: Postdoctoral Vector Ecologist / Medical Entomologist, Emory University
DESCRIPTION: The Vazquez-Prokopec Lab at Emory University seek an outstanding and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher whose broad interests focus on medical entomology, vector ecology and control. This position will be supported by a NIH-funded project (U01AI148069) occurring in the city of Merida (Mexico) evaluating the epidemiologic impact of targeted indoor residual spraying on Aedes-borne viruses. More specifically, this post-doctoral opportunity will center on the study of the evolution of resistance to control interventions in Aedes aegypti.
QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD in Entomology, Ecology or related fields. Fieldwork/experimental experience, particularly in the area of insecticide applications and/or insecticide resistance is desirable.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: To apply, submit a single PDF to Dr. Vazquez-Prokopec at firstname.lastname@example.org including: a) an updated CV; b) two relevant publications published by you; c) names and contact information of three references.
POSITION: Postdoctoral Position, Hamer Lab, Texas A&M
DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is available in Gabriel Hamer’s Lab in the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University. The successful candidate will contribute to one or more research projects including the evaluation of mosquito and tick control interventions, triatomine vector biology and control, mosquito and triatomine transmission experiments, and high containment research on SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses.
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have a PhD in biology, ecology, entomology, veterinary medicine or related fields. Strong quantitative skills are required and candidates should demonstrate a good track record of publications, have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills, and will be expected to lead data analyses and contribute to proposal writing.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and the positions will remain open until filled. The expected start date is flexible. Applications should include a CV, statement of research interests, the names of three references and be e-mailed as a single PDF to: email@example.com.
POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow, SUNY Upstate Medical University
DESCRIPTION: The Thangamani Lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to investigate the biology of arbovirus transmission at the vector-host-virus interface.
QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will use molecular, immunological and imaging methods. Individual with demonstrated experience in viral immunology and imaging is preferred. Enthusiastic individual should also have: (1) strong interest in the lab’s research; (2) willingness to work with BSL-3 agents within BSL-3/ABSL-3/ACL-3 laboratories; and (3) possess strong verbal/written communication &organizational skills.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: For additional information or an informal discussion, contact Dr. Saravanan Thangamani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Development & Training Opportunities
eCornell Online Program in Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance
The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 3-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available.
Visit the course page for information on the next course cohort.
American Mosquito Control Association e-Modules
The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus
Certification in Public Health Entomology
The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.
CDC Learning Tools for Health Care Providers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide web-based continuing medical educational (CME) resources for health care providers on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as other tickborne diseases.
Entomological Society of America Certification Programs
The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:
- Board Certified Entomologist - program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
- Associate Certified Entomologist - program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists
- Public Health Entomologist (PHE) Certificate - program for pest management professionals who work with pests that pose a health risk
Entomological Society of America Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative
Graduate Students and Postdocs in Entomology: Are you looking for tools and training to make yourself stand out as you look for the next step in your career? ESA’s new Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative will help you develop the leadership capacity and “soft skills” sought after in today’s highly collaborative work environments—both within and beyond academia.
Join us in 2021 for a six-month program that will guide you in identifying your current areas of strength and opportunities for growth. Each month of the program will focus on a unique theme in leadership and soft-skill development. Deadline for application submission is May 23, 2021.
Global Vector Hub: Directory of Medical Entomology Courses
TDR has supported the development of a Global Atlas of Medical Entomology Schooling (GAMES), which lists a total of 126 medical entomology courses offered both on-campus and through distance learning in 32 countries across all WHO regions, covering seven languages. For each course, session dates, course outline, fees, language of instruction and responsible managers are listed.
Follow the link below to gain access to the directory. Please register on Global Vector Hub.
Mosquito Training Course for Pest Managers
The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to announce a new online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.
NEHA Vectors & Pests Webinars
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.
Online Tick Training Course
The CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases has developed an online tick training course, now available! This course is an introduction to ticks, tick-borne diseases, and tick control for employees in the urban pest management industry, public health entomologists, and anyone interested in learning more about ticks. This self-paced course is eligibile for 2 FDACS CEUs.
Pesticide Management Education Program Distance Learning Center
The Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) partners with the New York State Integrated Pest Management program (NYSIPM) to provide online pesticide applicator courses. These courses often carry continuing education credits accepted by New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Available courses include toxicity of pesticides, insect biocontrol, integrated tick management, introduction to developing IPM strategies, and more.
Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)
A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.
Additional Career Websites
American Mosquito Control Association
American Public Health Association
American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
Entomological Society of America
Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California
National Association of County and City Health Officials
New Jersey Mosquito Control Association
Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases
Society for Vector Ecology
Texas A&M University Entomology Job Board